29 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-1-17

  1. So how was Trump’s speech received by the American people who watched it?

    Pretty well.


    “resident Donald Trump’s first address to Congress received largely positive reviews from viewers, with 57% who tuned in saying they had a very positive reaction to the speech, according to a new CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers.

    Nearly 7-in-10 who watched said the President’s proposed policies would move the country in the right direction and almost two-thirds said the president has the right priorities for the country. Overall, about 7-in-10 said the speech made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country.

    The survey, conducted among a group of Americans who said in interviews conducted before the speech that they planned to watch and agreed to be re-contacted, only reflects the views of those who watched the speech, not of all Americans.

    People who choose to watch a political speech such as this one tend to be more supportive of the speaker. In this case, the pool of speech-watchers was about eight points more Republican than the population as a whole.

    On specific issues, Trump scored the highest marks for his proposed policies on the economy, with 72% saying those went in the right direction. Almost as many, 70%, said the same about his terrorism proposals. Slightly fewer, but still a majority, felt his policies on taxes (64%), immigration (62%) or health care (61%) were heading in the right direction.

    Ideologically, about two-thirds saw Trump’s speech as about right, while roughly on-quarter (26%) pegged it as too conservative. Just 8% said it wasn’t conservative enough.”

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  2. I guess it really does take an act of Congress to get American companies to hire American STEM workers. The only real problem with this act is that it focuses only on female STEM workers rather than all STEM. Sorry guys. :blush:

    Today I’m signing two bills that promote women entering and leading the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and math. Currently, only 1 in every 4 women who gets a STEM degree is working in a STEM job, which is not fair and it’s not even smart for the people that aren’t taking advantage of it. It’s unacceptable that we have so many American women who have these degrees but yet are not being employed in these fields. So I think that’s going to change. That’s going to change very rapidly.

    Protecting women with STEM degrees, and all Americans with STEM degrees is very important, but it also means you have to crack down on offshoring, because the offshoring is a tremendous problem that displaces many of our best American workers and brains — the brain power.



  3. I heard parts of it (beginning and end, missed the middle). One of the analysts afterward — I think maybe Chris Wallace, I was listening on the car radio coming home from work — said Trump “became the president tonight.”


  4. I had ABC on. George Stephanopoulos and crew were in shock. He said Trump looked and sounded, well, presidential. You could tell it wasn’t what he expected. 🙂

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  5. Of course, everything depends on why women with STEM degrees are not working in the field. Some may be like my daughter who went into the studio engineering field at first. She found out the trying to work in a field with twelve hour days did not work well when she had a husband, who had to be out of town for weeks at a time, and a son was not in school yet.

    Their are many people who get degrees and end up not using them for various reasons. My husband is one of them and he worked with dozens more.

    Of course, when you can pander to women, it can’t hurt you in politics, generally speaking.

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  6. And George wasn’t alone….


    “President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress exceeded expectations among the pundit class on Tuesday night.

    CBS’s Gayle King felt Trump’s speech was authentic.

    Fox News’s Chris Wallace echoed King’s sentiment.

    “I thought it was by far the best speech I’ve ever heard Donald Trump give,” he said. “It was one of the best speeches in that setting I’ve ever heard any president give.”
    Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Kirsten Powers echoed Wallace’s sentiments, calling it Trump’s “best speech” ever.

    Even Rachel Maddow had to give him some credit, which you know she hated doing. 🙂


    And it was a hit with the public as well.


    “Viewers nationwide strongly approved of President Trump’s speech Tuesday night, with many Democrats joining Republicans in calling it “presidential” and positive in tone. Republicans and Independents found it “unifying,” though Democrats were slower to come around on that measure.

    The President gained support for his policy plans among viewers: Interviewed before and after the address, they came away from it more positive on his ideas for the economy, immigration, terrorism, crime and Obamacare.

    As is often the case in addresses to Congress, those who watched were more likely to be from the president’s party – in this case, Republicans. And they described a president they felt was keeping campaign promises and offering an “inspiring” message.”


    CNN above, and CBS in this post just can’t help themselves, so they have to try and attach a qualifier about most viewers being R’s.. But even their own numbers say Trump scored, even among Democrats. Well, except for the little whiners in Congress still hurting from their electoral spanking. 🙂

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  7. I have no problem with protecting American jobs and know there is a problem in this field. I am just not sure why the reference to women. Perhaps I don’t know the statistics that make that obvious.


  8. I still think we should be in the stage of giving Trump a chance. It’s been only a little over a month. Many of us were wary and, to some degree, remain so; but I’m not shutting the door on this presidency yet, especially since so many of the appointments seem to be good ones.

    I wanted to give Obama a chance when he was first elected, too – thinking perhaps he would govern as a ‘moderate’ of sorts (he didn’t, but I remember stating that hope out loud and waiting a while, perhaps close to year, before giving that hope up).

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  9. Kizzie,

    Since I don’t know your friend Mr. Norton on Facebook, I didn’t respond there. But I think some people have some misconceptions about the whole affair, have a bash Trump agenda, and I’d hate to see you fall for it.

    First off the “Trump’s Benghazi” meme is laughable at best, juvenile, petty, and a disservice to the dead from Benghazi at worst. It’s disgusting and shows a complete lack of knowledge on how a military operation differs from a gun running operation run by the State Dept.

    Second. The soldier’s father. Trump has remained respectful of the man’s wishes, hasn’t bashed him, and knows a heck of a lot more about how this went down than the father. I think the media exploited this man’s pain and need for answers to bash Trump. Ryan’s wife disagrees with the father as well, as was evident last night. What Trump did for her was a classy gesture of gratitude, which his father chose to not be part of. And now the same leftist media members say the wife was exploited. Bill Maher, a vile man, calls her nothing but a prop, after using the father as one.


    Third off, the NBC story and their “anonymous high ranked intelligence analysts.” These are leaks, most likely illegal, and the result of entrenched Obama acolytes. Personally I’ll take the word of the Pentagon and people actually involved, and with the guts to speak on the record, over the unsubstantiated claims of some RE@% cowardly hiding behind anonymity, to the contrary. Same goes for whether any intelligence gathered was worth it, and the value of said intel. And I’d add that 3 AQ leaders were killed, value that as you will.


    Sadly the death of civilians happens. It’s regrettable, but in some missions, unavoidable. But when those same civilians and children take up arms, the rules change. Sadly we face an enemy that uses women and children as shields and fighters, so our soldiers are forced to react as necessary.


    I get that people don’t like Trump. But this childish nonsense is ridiculous, petty, and flat out untruthful. Don’t fall for it.

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  10. DJ, To confess, I haven’t watched an entire SOTU address since 1988. Last night we had a fairly important Thunder game against the Jazz, then Rio Grande which demanded attention.

    Rich Lowry and some other conservatives said the speech was Trump’s best.

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  11. Fake news: a case study.


    “You may have read about the former Obama White House staffer who resigned from the Trump White House after only eight days. Rumana Ahmed thought she should “try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration” she wrote at the Atlantic last week, “in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens.”

    But then, according to Ahmed, the executive order suspending visa issuance for Syrian refugees and suspending it temporarily for nationals of seven Muslim majority countries forced her hand. She quit. She “had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim.”

    Ahmed’s story triggered Lee Smith’s crap detector. In “Fake news, exposed” Smith digs into the story behind Ahmed’s story:

    When I emailed the editor of the Atlantic to ask for clarification regarding Ahmed’s employment status in the White House, Atlantic magazine senior director for communications Anna Bross replied: “Rumana Ahmed was a direct hire by the NSC and not a political appointee. She was staff and planned to stay on.”

    That’s wrong. Ahmed was a political appointee in the Obama White House. According to Trump White House officials, it was very late in her tenure in the Obama administration when she applied for a civil service position with administrative duties. “Burrowing,” as it’s commonly called, is the process through which political appointees move into career government status. She was granted her new status at the end of January, just as the Trump team was moving into the White House. That is, Ahmed took the highly unusual step for a White House staffer of choosing a considerably less ambitious career path in government, as she went from a junior policy position to a secretarial post.

    Why? Because as a political appointee from the Obama administration she was inevitably going to be replaced by a Trump appointee and she wanted to stay on. And yet in only four days—not eight, because, say sources, she took several days off—she came to the conclusion that she had failed in her attempt to influence the Trump team, which in fact “was attacking the basic tenets of democracy.”

    Right, it was a set-up. The article is part of an information operation.

    Smith finds the hidden hand of Obama fabulist Ben Rhodes behind Ahmed’s story (as well as the story of Ahmed’s former White Hourse office mate Ned Price). Please do read the whole thing.”

    Ah yes, another Obama loyalist seditiously undermining the new president. And yet Dems keep insisting it’s not happening.


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  12. AJ – Thanks for the further info.

    David, a libertarian who leans conservative, is one of my most intelligent friends, although I don’t always agree with him. He has posted things against Trump, but has also been trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, & has posted some positive things about Trump when he thinks he’s done something right. (That’s a clunky sentence, but it gets the point across.) He also is put off by the over-the-top anti-Trump attitude that many have.

    When new information comes forward, he often changes his mind & shares the new info. He is open to debate as long as it is fairly respectful.

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  13. “Polls conducted immediately after the speech showed a clear majority of Americans approved of the softer approach and aides described Trump as buoyed by the reception.”

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  14. DJ, For most Presidents, the wives are often the best people to give their husbands tough advice others are afraid to utter. Nancy Reagan and the Bush wives performed this function well. Hillary did not. Ivanka sort of functions like a wife in this regard.


  15. I will turn into a Trumpkin before Jennifer Rubin does. This is from an article she wrote today.

    As a preliminary matter, let’s dispense with the notion that there is such a thing as “social conservatism.” Trump mentioned no issue supposedly of interest to evangelicals — abortion, gay marriage, religious liberty, etc. There is a reason for that. The social conservative battles by and large have been lost (e.g., gay marriage is never going away). “Values” voters are now tribalists, fueled by resentment toward elites and hatred of Muslims rather than by any positive moral or religious view.


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